The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is committed to supporting successful educational outcomes for the children of the Central neighborhood. We know that education starts at home, and parents are truly a child’s first teacher. Research shows that the simple presence of books in the home is linked to a child’s educational success.
Promise is proud to have worked with Central residents and partners to establish some of the 11 Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. These “take a book, leave a book” structures invite residents of all ages to browse a selection of stocked titles and take them home to read.
As part of the ongoing #PromiseReads initiative, Promise recently presented six new Little Free Libraries to the Central neighborhood, thanks to a generous donation from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. In an October event at the Sterling Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, Promise engagement manager Joe Black spoke to the stewards of the new libraries about what it means to care for and support a Little Free Library.
Stewards all received book donations on behalf of the Kids Book Bank and Cleveland Public Library, as well as a supply from Anthem. Promise Ambassador Gwen Garth, a staple of Central’s art community, plans to fill the library she stewards with crayons, coloring books and additional art supplies for the neighborhood. Felton Thomas, executive director of Cleveland Public Library, and Margaret Bernstein, director of advocacy at WKYC, joined the event to talk about the value of Little Free Libraries in our communities, right alongside the invaluable resource of the public libraries.
Promise kicked off its #PromiseReads campaign at Central’s Back to School Rally at Friendly Inn earlier this month, and WKYC was there to capture all the excitement. Book giveaways, bookmarks, reading circles and a Little Free Library all helped inspire reading in the last days of summer. Promise, Friendly Inn and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance provided backpacks, school supplies, uniforms and haircuts to make sure everyone was ready for their first day.
Central Promise Neighborhood joins WKYC’s literacy campaign
Author: Margaret Bernstein
At a Monday back-to-school rally at Friendly Inn Settlement in Cleveland, a new neighborhood – Central — joined WKYC’s ongoing literacy crusade.
The Central Promise Neighborhood rolled out its new program, called Promise Reads, handing out free books and bookmarks to families.
There was a Little Free Library present inside the Friendly Inn at the rally, symbolic of the fact that Central is now Cleveland’s newest Little Free Library Neighborhood. It’s a designation that simply means that leaders in that neighborhood have committed to hosting regular events around literacy.
The project, yet another a spinoff of WKYC’s successful Slavic Village Reads and Hough Reads initiatives, is a partnership with the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood program.
And as with Hough and Slavic Village, WKYC will be supporting the Central community by providing media coverage of its literacy events in the months ahead.
WKYC and several other community partners were present for the kickoff of Promise Reads, including The Literacy Cooperative which was signing up families for its Imagination Library free book program. A storyteller from Friendly Inn’s SPARK program kept the little ones captivated by reading a book about counting cookies.
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank donated more than 1,500 books for the rally. Some kids stuffed them into their new backpacks, others read them on site while waiting for haircuts and hair braiding.
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood kicked off its #PromiseReads initiative at Friendly Inn’s Back to School Rally on Monday, August 6. Promise team members handed out #PromiseReads backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as bookmarks and books from the Kids Book Bank, to encourage reading among families and children.
Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is kicking off our #PromiseReads initiative to encourage reading among children and families in Central. To help launch the campaign, our early learning navigator Tatiana Wells was joined by Joan Spoerl of The Literacy Cooperative, a grantee of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, on WKYC’s We the People. On the show, the two talked about #PromiseReads and why it’s important that children are reading at home before they even begin school.